Friday Jummah 26-05-2023
Channel: Abdullah Oduro
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And Hamdulillah we praise Allah we seek his aid and forgiveness. We seek refuge and Allah from the evil of ourselves and of our shortcomings whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide. And whomsoever Allah allow us to be led astray, and then can guide a right and bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah subhanho wa Taala and that Muhammad is his last messenger and servant. Oh, you will believe be mindful of Allah and dinette except in a state of submission to Him alone of humanity be mindful of Allah Who created you from a single soul and from that created his mate and from that scatters many men and women. Oh humanity, be mindful of Allah and do not cut off
relations with your relatives. And do Allah Azza Rahim is the monitor over you, or humanity be mindful of Allah and speak the truth, in order for him to forgive you of your shortcomings. In order for him to forgive us of our shortcomings, and obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved the greatest achievement as to what follows a need the best feature is the book of Allah subhanho wa taala. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. And of the worst affairs in our doctrinal system of Islam, or the newly invented ones. For every newly invented affair in this situation is an innovation. And for every innovation is a form of going astray. And
for every form of going astray is in the fire of hell. And we seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa taala. From that.
Today marks the day for a lot of our youngsters being that it was the last or is the last day of school. And I think each and every single one of us has had that date we have encountered the day where we may depart from friends that we may not see anymore, if we're leaving from elementary school being fifth grade. As a matter of fact, when picking up one of my children, I saw that the parents were standing outside the organized balloons, and one parent was standing on the left, the other was standing on the right and both of those gentlemen were holding balloons that that came from one person to the other to where they could run under them and all the parents were cheering
because it was the end of fifth grade. They're moving on to a whole other world. A whole new world. They're going to middle school. Wow. Those that are in middle school. They're leaving eighth grade and they're going to ninth grade. Wow. Many of us may smile now. So
It is something minute. But for them, it's something great. And as a matter of fact, it was great for us at one point in our life, we as parents, cherish the moments that our children cherish in these last particular days. Because it is a step forward or a step closer to graduating, which is a step closer to obtaining a career, which is a step closer to obtaining some type of income, which is a manifestation or the way to support one's family. But then we have to ask ourselves a crucial question. And I want to give this caveat asking ourselves this question as Muslims.
We hear this all the time. And we know the reality of this answer, the answer that you most most likely will give when I asked this question, is this the ultimate success?
Is this the ultimate success, where one obtains a degree and they're able to work from that degree and provide for their families from that degree? Or to even feel enriched from that degree?
Is this the ultimate success?
Brothers and sisters, it's important for us to always remember that D the definition of words, the reality of words that we have grown up to know and love and honor.
The definition of them the correct and full definition of them, is that which Allah has defined,
is that what your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has defined what we may
define with a particular word, or a particular event in life. Last shuck, there's no doubt that it is probably all serum.
It is deficient from the fullest embodiment of the meaning in this example, success. If I was to say to you right now, I wish I would have asked you before a successful person.
Close your eyes and think of a successful person. Some of us may think of a sports figure will lie. Some of us may think of Elon Musk, some of us may think of Donald Trump. Some of us may think of some type of politician. Some of us may think of every former in history.
But Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it clear who the successful ones are, does not take away from individuals that have done commendable things that tie into the Islamic spirit, whether they be Muslim or not.
That tie into actions of good towards your neighbors that tie into chivalry and protecting those that are weak, that tie into the actions that correlate with our Islamic values. But the ultimate success brothers and sisters make no mistake is the one that strives to be a servant of Allah.
Degree or no degree.
The one that strives to be a servant of Allah is the most successful one.
Because that is independent of time or place or situation.
Because it emanates from the heart, it starts from the heart, the motivation takes place and starts originates from the heart. Because the Mothman comes from the word Eman and Eman as we know was one of the definitions means faith. But if we were to dig deep into this definition, it is a type of belief and allegiance that one has with their Creator to which that allegiance the more intense it is. It creates a sense of Emin of security with the one that you believe in.
That is Eman. And that belief that we have results in actions, whether it's doing something that the one you believe in has ordered you to do or recommended for you to do or to stay away and avoid that which he does not recommend for you or prohibits you from doing. The one that strives to be that person is the successful one. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the chapter we know, but the other fella help me known.
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Verily those that are believers are successful.
I want to stop and ponder over this one verse, the first verse and
This chapter, the chapter is called the believers. Allah says God of love.
When Allah uses God the it is as though he is bringing an emphasis of surety. It is as though I say, I guarantee you there is no doubt whatsoever, then I say whatever I want to say.
But the other fella had me known. He says, Verily those that are believers are successful. Verily, We read it in English as verily.
But when I walk down the street and I say,
you asked me, Did I pay my car insurance? A fairly I paid my car insurance, my brother. Verily, no,
the Arabic language is much more richer than that. It's rich. 201, Allah says, God, it's for a reason. When Allah uses F law instead of Benja Ha, of lucha, when he's saying they are successful.
They are successful, because some scholars mentioned when the use of the word fella heard the same verb is used for the noun of a farmer. And the farmer is the one that puts something in the ground and works hard for its harvest.
They work hard for it. So there is that connection with the successful one and the farmer why the individual that is successful, worked hard for it, they have reached a level of success, or the F la Hartman. And let me know
l mean, on those that voluntarily try their best to believe and Allah subhanho wa taala. And I say voluntarily,
I say voluntarily, because this issue of Eman the belief in our hearts is something that requires continuous introspection, continuous Self Review, hard work, it's not easy. It is a struggle to stay away from those things that we desire that we know is not ultimately good for us. And I use ultimately, because it may be something in front of us that is beneficial, and we may fulfill a desire. But while we are fulfilling that desire, we know ultimately,
that it is not good for us. While we are on the internet, and we are doing something that may be permissible watching something that may be allowed. We're fulfilling a desire that we have. But that desire is delaying something that is more preferable.
It is delaying something that is better for you as a man or as a woman or as a son or as a daughter, or as a father. It's delaying you from sitting with your son and talking to him about being a man talking to him about rock responsibility. It's delaying you from sitting with your father and just having a fruitful conversation with him.
Rather, you sit and do something that is muf bool. That is less preferable.
So when Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying here are the F law have me known brothers and sisters, make no mistake,
the most honorable position, the most honorable situation, the most honorable person is the one that is an Abdullah
is the one that is a servant of Allah subhanho wa taala.
And the struggle in this life, the ultimate struggle, the most beloved struggle, the most honorable struggle
is the struggle to wake up and pray, is the struggle to be honest, is the struggle to be upright is the struggle to visit a relative that you have bad blood with. You have bad issues with but the struggle to do what's right, even though it is uncomfortable. Let's take a step back, the struggle to do what Allah loves because that is what's right. Even if it is uncomfortable for the sake of Allah.
That is the ultimate struggle, and that is the most noble person.
There are levels, but the one that obtains a career, the one that obtains a business, the one that obtains a level of friendship, has a friend, whatever the case may be, if it is to fulfill the ultimate purpose of life, which is to show gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala which gratitude is a type of worship rather, it is a comprehensive form of worship. This is the most noble type of person, may Allah Subhana Allah may Allah subhanaw taala make
Just from the a bad Allah, may Allah make us from His servants May Allah Subhana Allah make us of those that understand what true ultimate success is. I mean the last one to Allah make us of those that whatever we do in this life, we keep this in mind. BarakAllahu li qun Aquila Kalia, hello Sofia Ali, welcome Lisa. I mean first off it who, in whom one before right?
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So we just briefly talked about the individual that is an Abdullah that is a servant of Allah, and that strives to maintain their level of servanthood of being a servant to Allah subhanho wa taala. And that is ultimately by showing gratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada.
gratitude to Allah subhanho wa taala. And we do not want to miss understand that an individual that is struggling to study for a particular exam, a person that is struggling to get into school, because they love the knowledge, they want to obtain a career, they want to do the right thing, whether listen closely mothers and fathers, whether the right thing for that youth
is to listen to his or her mother and father, although they may not want to go to that particular school, but they're doing it to obey their mother and father's aspirations for them.
That struggle, that struggle for the sake of Allah to please my parents, because God has ordered me to do so
that struggle for the sake of Allah to be with my family and to teach them and to nurture them. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala has ordered me to do so if that is the ultimate motivation, all of these things in our life, these situations in our life that we've mentioned, these are all manifestations of worship, this can be a huge opportunity for one to come close to Allah subhanho wa taala, when they go to work five times when they go to work every single day,
when they're in school studying.
All of this can be a means of a manifestation, manifestation of being a successful person. But when we talked about gratitude brothers and sisters, gratitude is where one says or acts in a thankful way. They say thank you, or they act in a way that says thank you. Many of us that are married know that if we were to get in an argument with our, our significant other, or if you were to say something to your mother or father, you may not say that I'm sorry, but there may be actions that say, I'm sorry. I may send a text and ask how are you doing? That is an another way of saying, I'm sorry. If we want to say quote unquote, thank you to Allah, Allah has given us a blueprint. He's
given us a framework. As a matter of fact, he's given us an individual that actualizes the framework. His name is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam,
if someone wants to get right, quote, unquote, and they want to show that they have a level of redemption.
They should make an effort to look at what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did in a particular situation in their life.
But what I want to really capitalize on here is when we talk about the successful person,
we talk about that introspection. Allah subhanho wa taala, after saying for the F la Hello, me known, Verily the ones that are believers are successful. What does he say after that?
Those that are the ones that in their prayer, their hearts, your own? How do we reach this level of who sure and who sure can basically mean the individual that has a level of humility, undivided attention, a level of tranquillity that takes them to another dimension, quote, unquote, to where they literally detach from this dunya and they are thinking about Allah subhanho wa Taala and
the actions of Allah upon them and their response to that action.
I want to give you two ways, two things that Eminem Subhanallah talks about in regards to what are some what are the two things that you should keep in mind
that will allow you to have healthy introspection, introspection is thinking about things that you have done. So when you are in your salon, you think about Allah, for example, Allah is a result. He's the ultimate provider. You think about how Allah provided you with a job when you were looking for eight months.
I will provide you with a child when you had a miscarriage twice how Allah provided you with your child that started speaking at the age of six and you were afraid if he was going to speak or not. Allah provided you with all of this, you think about that. And you think about your response, how have you shown gratitude to Allah for that one particular situation?
Two things. The first of them is to think about the minion.
What Allah has bestowed upon you, as immuno claim says Moshe had the tenon Mina
is to witness the blessings that Allah has given you. And they are numerous.
They are more than we can imagine. We're into Urdu near Matala, he, letter Suha. Allah subhanaw taala says and if you were to try to enumerate the blessings of Allah, you would not be able to encompass them.
Every single moment that you are sitting here right now healthy, all of your senses functioning, is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa taala. It's a blessing. So just thinking about your breath alone. And you were to spend all day thinking about breathing, oxygen, carbon dioxide, trees, how that helps me pollen, how I still have allergies, but I still can do this. There are people that have no sense of taste because of COVID Till today, but Allah has given me just breathing, just breathing.
That is one blessing for you to think about. So the first thing is Musa to Mina, thinking about the blessings and what Allah has given in bestowed upon you. When you think about that, the first thing that you should remember is that you will never
you will never be able to repay Allah subhanaw taala info.
Just think about that.
Has there ever been a person in your life that has done a favor for you? And you look at them, you say, well, like, I know I can't repay you. There's no way that I can pay you back. They know that and you know that but they still help you.
When he lay in methanol, Allah and Allah has a much greater example. As we just mentioned, breathing in and of itself. What about your sight, your sense of smell,
your intellectual capacity, how Allah has blessed you to be someone that is sharp and and very intuitive, but your brother is someone that may not be of that caliber or sister or some of that nature, but they may have another quote unquote blessing that has been given stronger than yours. Thinking about this, Masha had a 10 Min. While you were in Salah, think about the blessings that Allah has given you. And also the blessings Allah has given other than you to other people around you.
What does that necessitate? What does that result in? Hope, love Allah subhana wa Tada.
Love of God.
You love God because of who he is firstly,
and he is we is from what he does.
He is we is from what he does for you and for others in you.
The second thing brothers and sisters is mutha I tell AB Neff see whether I'm in
the second of them is to constantly monitor did the deficiencies in yourself and in your actions.
Think of the times that when you thought about Allah being a Razak,
you thought about how money came from out of nowhere, or how you came with a strategic plan and it fell through. And Allah subhanho wa Taala showered his blessings upon you via money
or via respect, or via contacts, whatever the case may be.
But with it, you use it in a way that is displeasing to Allah, you use it in a way that is immoral. That is demeaning.
You use that to think and to ponder over it, that has an evenness because in yourself you had a desire to use this money in a way. That is not right. You had this desire to treat your children in a way that is not right. Your neighbor that is not right, your significant other that is not right. And all of these are provisions from Allah to you, but it is a test for you.
And also while I'm in and your actions, the actions that you have done because brothers and sisters, let's make make no mistake, whatever action you do, we're about to get really really deep here. Anything you do, is you using a blessing of Allah that He has given you.
Right now we think of blessing of Allah as my car. Okay. How are you using the
Blessings of Allah, the fact that you misuse it. And you know, what is the misuse? What does that necessitate? As realizing the blessings of Allah brings forth love of God?
This brings forth debasement, lowering yourself feeling terrible and Kisara your heart is broken, if you are, you feel at a loss deprived without the forgiveness.
How many of us in Ramadan and Inshallah, these days? When we ask for forgiveness, you have the sense of hope, Oh ALLAH forgive me, you know, you don't know.
But you hope that ALLAH SubhanA, Allah forgives you. So when we look at the blessings of Allah that brings forth love of God, at the same time you look at your deficiencies, and that brings forth humility. Those two things, when you think about the blessings of God, you think about your mistakes, that is what keeps you firm keeps you stable, while you were in your prayer, and that is the horse Sure.
And that has sure, that undivided attention in this manner when it is continuous, at least five times a day, when you detach from this world at least five times a day.
That is the one who is of the believers, and that is a successful one.
And that is the successful one. And that is one of the strongest traits of the servant of Allah subhanaw taala. So may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us of his beautiful beautiful servants May Allah subhanaw taala make us of those that whatever we face in this life, we look at it as a sign from Allah subhanho wa Taala and we look at it as a means of increasing our love from his blessings or increasing our redemption and seeking forgiveness from our deficiencies. May Allah subhana wa adata make us are those that recognize his greatness recognize His Majesty and use that recognition to increase us in our servitude of him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us signs on this earth for His
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